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EVF Roundtable:Historical and Contemporary Impact of Generational Change on Japanese Politics and Institutions

Nov 27, 2017 | 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

To what degree have generationally-differentiated experiences of domestic and international events impacted Japanese society and its politics in the past? How should the study of past generational transitions inform current social research into generational divergences in Japanese society? This event is comprised of a panel of individual presentations on the Meiji, Taisho, early Showa, and post-war research on the links between generational change and politics, followed by a roundtable discussion of the implications of such research for contemporary Japanese society. The roundtable discussion will focus in particular on whether the controversial social, economic and security policies of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo are indicative of widely-held attitudes of generational groups that will come into power in the post-Abe era.


1 pm- 2.14 pm Speaker Presentations

The Historical Impact of Generational Change on Japanese Politics and Institutions

Yuichiro Shimizu: "Cultivating Potential Hopes, Mobilizing Prospects Youth: Nation Building and Human Resources Policy in Modern Japan"

Andrew Levidis: "Kakushin and War: Shōwa Youth and the Shadow of the Great War"

Matthias Zachman: "Generational change in Japanese Intellectuals' Attitudes towards China, 1945-1978"

Corey Wallace: "Security Policy, Conservatism, and Generational Groups in Contemporary Japan"

2.15 pm - 2.45 pm Refreshment Break including a Light Lunch

2.45 pm - 4 pm Roundtable Discussion

The Impact of Generational Change on Contemporary Japanese Politics

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In session one, the speakers will present individually on their current research interests specific to Japan's social history and how different generational cohorts reacted to critical international and regional events surrounding Japan. After refreshments, session two will see the speakers engage in a roundtable discussion on the meaning of their research for contemporary Japan given the rapid geopolitical change in Asia and Japan's specific socio-economic challenges. The roundtable will include discussion of what we should expect in the post-Abe era in terms of the ideological predispositions of political elites who inhabit the legislative and bureaucratic institutions in Japan. Questions and comments from the audience are encouraged in both sessions.

The event is held by the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, with generous support from the Einstein Stiftung Berlin.

Time & Location

Nov 27, 2017 | 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Conference Room II Henry Ford Building
Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin

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